Sugar gliders need a large cage for exercise and overall happiness. You need to make sure you have enough room for them to move about and have their supplies. Sugar Gliders can do well in a small environment (for a short period of time) with regular handling and trips outside their cage. Temperature for the cage environment and room should be kept between 70-80 degree F. A joey does not regulate it’s own body temperture until 4 – 5 months old. For this reason we do not recommend placing the cage environment in front of a window with direct sunlight or near a frequently opened door to avoid drastic drops or dramatic rises in temperature. Consider a heating rock during seasonal changes.
Georgia Sugar Glider Connection recommends using plastic houses in your cage, not wood. Wood soaks up urine and can be a cause of unpleasant odor. For this reason, we suggest that any supplies/toys you put within your cage do not contain wood, but are rather plastic, rope, or cloth. Some chose to decorate the cages with wooden branches; however Georgia Sugar Glider Connection recommends substituting all wooden items for a plastic alternative in shelving as well. If wood, rope or cloth is used it must be cleaned offen and be prepared to replace these items when order gets unpleasant.
Supplies include water bottles, water dishes, food dishes, nesting boxes, exercise wheels, and toys. Toys may include ropes and something to play with. You may choose to leave a rodent wheel for them to run on. Addition out-of-habitat supplies: a portable pet carrier may come in handy for long trips or vet visits; A hanging pouch attached to a strap that can be worn around the owners neck can be a wonderful alternative to pocket transportation; a hamster exercise ball can be used to allow your glider more freedom of movement outside of the cage.